Machine is back…Week 1 quilt done

New Chenille cutter. Still needs to be washed in order to pouf the layers.

The machine was a bump in the mechanics inside the machine. Not sure what I did to knock it out of whack, but it’s fixed now. Didn’t cost as much since it was under warranty. I was glad it came back early too, so I didn’t hav to derail my weekly quilt project so early in the game.

Button cards for a swap.

These cards are going to Scotland. After these, i only have two more swaps I promised myself to and then I have been signing up for one on one custom card swaps instead. It’s easier and I get to make what I want.







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We have a piper down!


Funny how the best laid plans can go awry.

My Janome 6500 QC is broken, probably a blown fuse. It’s at the shop, where John, the local repair guy is going to make it work again.

Have to break out the “Beast”, my MIL’s 1983 Viking that says “COMPUTER” on it. It has these embroidery “cards” that you snap in like old video game cartidges. I only have the one basic cartridge. It only likes rayon threads. Eww.

I planned on working on the Week 1 quilt, so I’ll have to adjust my plan on what to make to accomodate the Beast.

Get well soon, little Janome!

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Happy New Year

Did a lot of quilting and art stuff.

Custom cards for a trade online.

Hand carved stamp block print and stamped onto fabric.

Crazy quilt cards for a swap.

Also did some needlepunching and some crocheting wool for a felted project. This weekend is Week 1 of a “quilt a week” project…

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Christmas bonanza and New Year’s Goals

I have done so much lately and so very little.

I got back from my quilt retreat in November and made a ton of cards for ATCards.com and a journal quilt piece.

Then, a baby quilt for a co-worker. It was a kit quilt, with some of the Minkee fabric in it. It was really soft and fluffy, as I used a high loft poly-batting.

Now Christmas is here, and I have been making felted crochet bowls, and a felted crochet purse. I got a bunch of quilting books, patterns, a needle felter, an embroidery punch, a pack of wool roving, and a pair of earrings, which were not quilting related. 🙂

Instead of New Years’ Resolutions, I am instead making New Years’ Goals. These will be hard to keep giving all we have planned for this year in general, but in regards to quilting, here goes:

  • A mini quilt a week. My stated size will be 6×6. If I cannot make the quilt, I should at least design one.
  • Participate in the monthly Journal Quilt Project 2007 with quiltart.com email list participants.
  • Cut back on ATC swaps that don’t hold my 100% interest.
  • Try at least a new technique a month (thus the quilt a week).
  • Cut back on my volunteering with the quilt guild.
  • and lastly, attend at least two quilt shows, one of them being Chicago.

Pretty intense, but I have about 12 ideas for the mini quilts already. I plan to use them as fuel for the journal quilts. I’m so excited to get started!

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